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Forum topic by TinyTheGiant posted 03-20-2013 08:44 AM 848 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-20-2013 08:44 AM

Hi All,

I received a few planes this weekend as seen here:

The three on the left came from my grandpa’s workshop who passed away over a decade ago. I found these while rummaging through his drawers and was hoping someone could help me figure out when the Stanley #5 was made. It looks like it was hardly ever used and has only the slightest marks on the bottom indicating it has been.

In addition, I bought the #4 on the right at the swap meet this weekend but as you can see in the pictures the tote does not sit flat on the body of the plane. I was hoping someone had some ideas on how to make it sit flush.

Thank you

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#1 posted 03-20-2013 12:48 PM

I’ve used this site extensively to date Stanley planes. If you click on the “Plane Dating Flowchart” and then just answer the questions, it will give you an answer. Or here is another useful type study with pictures.

From your pictures it is a Type 16 or later, but I don’t know enough about the later production types to be any more help than that.

On the #4, the tote is probably not sitting flush due to the rod being bent—you might be able to just turn the rod a bit until the tote sits flush. Alternatively, you can take it apart, carefully straighten the rod, then check for good seating. If at that point there is still a small gap, scribe and sand the bottom of the tote to match the angle. This takes more time, but will give a better result and reduce the chance of cracking the tote in the future.

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#2 posted 03-20-2013 06:45 PM

I use the Rexmill site, but keep in mind that a lot of people swapped out parts if they needed to. The #4 looks to be a Type 11 or older because of the low knob, but it has a SW iron which was later than that.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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